Last May I purchased at auction a
box of miscellaneous tool parts. Upon sorting its contents I
found several small late-18th-Century or early 19th-Century
I am in the process of making replacement handles for them using
boxwood. I have one, a socketed hammer, near completion. Next, I
am going to make a boxwood handle for a strap-headed hammer that
was in the lot.
This photo shows the original handle stub with the pin hole
This hammer head has a socket like those on chisels.
The handle is boxwood and is affixed to the head with a steel
pin through the socket. The handle shape was copied from
engravings in period pattern books from Sheffield and
Birmingham. The exterior of the socket has traces of silver wash
The little hammer head has a simple engraved design on it.